A joint venture between UK-focused real estate fund manager Moorfield Group and real estate asset management platform Peloton Real Estate has acquired four open storage assets in the UK.
The portfolio, comprising four sites in Newport, Peterborough, Preston and Tewkesbury, and totalling 37-acres, was acquired for circa €30m (£26m), reflecting a 13.1% net initial yield.
All the sites are leased to BCA, the UK’s largest used vehicle marketplace. The transaction grows Peloton and Moorfield’s owned portfolio to over 50-acres across six sites.
The JV, which was established in 2022, planned to aggregate an initial €115m (£100m) portfolio of open storage assets throughout the UK.
Moorfield is the majority investor in the JV, acting on behalf of MREFV, with Peloton responsible for identifying acquisitions and site operations.
With a number of sites under offer, the JV’s near-term pipeline would expand its owned portfolio to 70 acres across 10 sites, with a collective value of approximately €103.4m (£90m).
Nick Okell, investment director at Peloton, commented: “These assets are aligned with our strategy, being in recognised logistics locations close to established urban centres and providing a strong income return profile. We continue to be on the lookout for further acquisitions to add to our rapidly growing portfolio with Moorfield, with a healthy near-term pipeline that will put us within touching distance of our initial target size and provide a solid foundation for future growth.”
Chris Perera, senior investment manager at Moorfield, added: “The rapid success of our open-storage joint venture with Peloton, combined with the sector’s compelling fundamentals, give us strong conviction to keep growing the platform. We have a proven track record of institutionalising emerging sectors across the spectrum of alternative and operational real estate and believe we can replicate our success across other asset classes in open storage. Open storage complements our existing strategies in adjacent sectors such as self-storage and urban warehousing, and we remain confident in the long-term performance of the UK industrial and logistics property market.”
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